Professor Seamus Perry

Seamus Perry

Professor Seamus Perry

MA DPhil Oxf
Professor of English Literature, Chair of English Faculty, Massey Fellow, Tutor in English, and Fellow Librarian and Fellow for Charity Matters
Academic subject(s): 
English
  • Core subject area: English Language and Literature; Joint Schools with Modern History and Modern Languages. 
  • Teaching: English literature and thought from 1660 to the present, including the main period papers, 1660–1740; 1740–1832; 1832–1900; and 1900–present, as well as Special Author and Special Topic papers falling within that time. Graduate students working on Romantic, Victorian, and 20th-century topics.
  • Research interests: English Romantic poetry and thought, especially Coleridge and Wordsworth, and post-Romantic English poetry, especially Tennyson, Eliot, Auden, Larkin, and their circles. I also have an interest in the modern history of literary criticism. I am editor, with Christopher Ricks, of the journal Essays in Criticism: A Quarterly Journal of Literary Criticism; general editor of the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series; and general editor of a forthcoming edition of the critical works of William Empson. My research is principally focused on tracing some continuities in 19th- and early 20th-century poetry and poetics, considered mainly within the context of social thought and political philosophy.

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